Tiffany Mountain in Okanagan National Forest via Freezeout Trail / 蒂芬妮山

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Tiffany Mountain is the highest point in East-Central Okanogan Range. The mountain enjoys a great deal of isolation from its nearest taller neighbor at 18 miles away. Moreover, Freezeout Trail via the gentle southwest side offers a scenic and leisurely hike.

Breakfast at Tiffany Mountain
Breakfast at Tiffany Mountain

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Tiffany Mountain at a Glance

Freezeout Slam = Tiffany Mountain + Middle Tiffany Mountain + Rock Mountain 7971

Access: Freezeout Ridge Trailhead
Round Trip: 15.2 miles
Elevation Range: 6560′-8245′ 
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available

The Preface

The drive to Summer Blossom Trailhead last week was rough. So this week, we wanted relaxation, at least the driving part. Then I looked to Gilbert Peak in Goat Rocks Wilderness.

The initial plan was to make the famous climb a day trip. Then we’d drive out to visit Tiffany Mountain the day after. But we needed to change plans at the last minute.

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South Fork Tieton Road Closure

At night, I unexpectedly drove up to a gate by the NF-750 and South Fork Tieton Road. That meant we would need to walk seven miles to the Conrad Meadows Trailhead. So no, thank you.

Without a backup plan, I decided to visit Tiffany Mountain on Saturday. Later we drove six hours north to Winthrop. During that, I slept by the highway for a while. Then at 5 AM, we started moving again.

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Freezeout Ridge Trailhead

At last, we drove through Winthrop at 8 AM to NF-37. The service road was a bit bumpy below the pass but still doable in a compact vehicle. Then we reached Freezeout Ridge Trailhead in another hour.

Shortly, we were walking up toward Whistler Pass. Later at the first trail fork, we went south on the North Summit Trail to Clark Peak. Since it’s close by, we included it on the trip.

Freezeout Slam high points
Freezeout Slam high points

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Clark Peak Summit Views

The actual summit wasn’t visible until we were up on the east ridge. Later a notch on the ridgeline had us bypass it from the south. Then a short scramble got us up on too.

The summit was a vantage point to see our other three goals sitting side by side. Just off west of Eightmile Creek was smoky. The haze had come from the Diamond Creek Fire that started one month ago.

Back to Whistler Pass by Tiffany Mountain

Back on Whistler Pass, we hiked north on North Summit Trail to Honeymoon Pass. The map showed the 7300′ fork with Tiffany Lake Trail 200′ higher. So we ended up scrambling down to the basin.

Soon, we joined the Tiffany Lake Trail through the old burn in North Fork Salmon Creek Basin. It’s been incredibly arid throughout. So the tiny stream gave us our first water since we left the car.

Rock Mountaoin summit ahead
Rock Mountain summit ahead

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Rock Mountain 7919

From Honeymoon Pass, we hiked north straight up to Rock Mountain 7919. A radio facility had marked the top. Here I got a decent look at the massive wildfire smoke stretching across the western horizon.

By now, it had become quite windy. So we left after a quick break. Our next stop Middle Tiffany Mountain was right across the 7500′ joining saddle. So it took no time at all to reach the summit.

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Middle Tiffany Mountain

This summit had similar views as Rock Mountain. So the yellow pup and I didn’t stay long here. We still needed to get to our final goal, Tiffany Mountain, before sundown.

The gurgling croak of Ravens echoed through the basins. I had thought about going up via the northwest saddle. But I realized we needed water first.

Panoramic view of Rock Mountain 7919 and Middle Tiffany Mountain
Panoramic view of Rock Mountain 7919 and Middle Tiffany Mountain

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Tiffany Mountain Climb

Soon, we made our way back to North Fork Salmon Creek Basin. Then we retraced our steps back up to Whistler Pass via the actual North Summit Trail fork.

Later we went up the southeast ridge on a faint path and reached the top shortly after. It was another broad summit with great views. Lots of boulders and sand piles had scattered throughout.

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Sunset Views Plus Outro

The evening light glistened Rock Mountain and Middle Tiffany Mountain. So we enjoyed the extensive and beautiful views around us. We ended up staying to watch the sunset.

Hard to believe that the equinox was only under one month away! I was beginning to miss those nine o’clock sunsets.

Leaving Tiffany Mountain
Leaving Tiffany Mountain

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